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I Have a Dysfunctional Family

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    Morbid confession. Sometimes

    when I meet new people and they ask about my family, I just say they're no longer with us. It's easier than having to talk about them.
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 3 Responses Jul 26

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    My dad acts so emotionally

    and dramatically. I found myself scouring parenting blogs on how to teach your children emotional maturity even though I have no children. But I used those techniques with him because he has the emotional maturity of a toddler
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    It's just what it is.

    A family you can never bind together cuz of pride, hate, envy and so much things going on. Just like that.
    DarkSoul07 DarkSoul07 22-25, F Apr 11, 2014

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    I'm still trying to figure out

    why was I born into such a dysfunctional family, and the fact that I have earthly ties to them makes it worse. Worse because some of those actions have been instilled in me since birth and I have been trying to break free of it for a very long time. For example, my mother sees...
    OldSoulRedux OldSoulRedux 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    We haven't talked in about 2 months.

    You call. You ask me if I just called. I said no. Then you say oh ok never mind. Bye. A normal person would say oh ok, well how are you anyway? Why would you pass up the opportunity to catch up with your daughter after 2 months? WTF
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    TellySR TellySR 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 7, 2014

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    Violetoreo Violetoreo 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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    I Am Not...

    I am not your punching bag, your inferior, or your animal. I am not made of stone, I have feelings and I don't forget. Things could have been so much more, If you only would have let it. You were my role model, my friend, and my everything. Well you had to go and **** that up...
    Canadian45 Canadian45 22-25 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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    I am not being a downer

    but who doesn't have a dysfunctional family now days? Today's version of family is different compared to the 70's even 80's.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 19

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    Something about the cold winter makes me feel

    more vulnerable and more alone. I called my mom today to ask her for a favor and of course she guilt tripped me and then I retorted back condescending remarks about the role that she still has yet to fulfill. As I mocked her parenting abilities I was waiting for her to...
    KelseyLeigh123 KelseyLeigh123 22-25, F Nov 15, 2014

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    I know many people have it worse

    than me but I can't bring myself to write it down. :l
    anonymoussas anonymoussas 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I am in the midst of writing a book about my

    dysfunctional family and I have a strong feeling it could be a best seller simply because of all that it encompasses. It's like an entire season of Jerry Springer which is a comical way to look at it but it's also painfully trivializing to say those two things are analogous. I...
    KelseyLeigh123 KelseyLeigh123 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 2, 2014

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    When i was 12 a torture began

    that i would endure for another 2 years. My dad was an awful man, and there are days i still wake up crying, and terrified. I tell you this because ive been told its good to talk about it. To tell people, and ep has become the only place i can truly talk about things.
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 18-21, F 14 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    My mother is illogical

    and irrational. She is beyond nosy and loves to eavesdrop on everyone else's private conversations. She is an authoritarian type who enjoys criticizing and belittling others, and constantly jumps to conclusions that have absolutely no basis in reality. For her, the only...
    justsharing justsharing 56-60, F 3 Responses Nov 1, 2014

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    Apparently my first cousin moved into the same

    town as my family. We only found out because my uncle decided to tell my father that my cousin had a baby. Apparently my uncle is scared my father might actually talk to his niece. What a crime that would be. My brother is the same way, he no longer talks to anyone from my...
    Kingshelman Kingshelman 31-35, M 2 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    My Name is ****** ******.

    I'm 14 and My mother has Personality Disorder (PD) and my father has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Both my parents are also alcoholics along with their parents. My mother kicked me out of the house when I was twelve and now lies about doing so, my parent's sisters are...
    sophieharperlee sophieharperlee 18-21, F Jul 24

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    we all hear(or even have stories of our own!

    )of crazy, dysfunctional families. I always thought my family was relatively normal with a few issues until today. I honestly don't know what is going on with them. We are a family,but we could be a little closer. We were planning on having a reunion, I was asked for input, and...
    sweetiepoo sweetiepoo 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    My family (Mom and Me) just can't stop

    bothering me any time i try to have fun she is ******* hopped up on her medication trying not to be depressed and im always just getting ignored by her. She is such a religious nut telling me i can't date anyone or be with friends. She thinks at dances that there is drugs there...
    Connor137 Connor137 13-15, M Jul 8

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    I Wounder why I was born into my family,

    can they never get together without me having to break up fights at 4am every day? can we never just have a nice family holiday together, if that's too much then don't come I am sick and tired of all this ****. thank you dear family for ruining Christmas for the 5th year in a...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Dec 22, 2014

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    my sisters act like I'm invisible.

    it's going for so long. I bet they just okay or maybe like it if I die. they treated me like I'm a less person. I'm just invisible
    Violetoreo Violetoreo 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 4

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    Am I over reacting? My husband cannot stop

    lying to me when it comes to things related to his family and I feel like I am not part of the family. Its taking a toll on me and the way I love him. About two years ago his brother, sister in law, my husband and I went on a trip to Colorado. For six months prior to that, we...
    Gammarays80 Gammarays80 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 22

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    I wish I knew what it felt like having a warm

    loving family. People who love you and are there for you no matter what the circumstances are. My family has broken me down to the point I don't want to live anymore.
    foreveralone22 foreveralone22 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 27

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    So i'm in my PSY202 class

    and the more I read into it the more confirmation I have that my older sister has mental illness. She is neurotic, forgetful, lies, steals, manipulates. Our bond has been so stretched thin it is barely there, I don't know if she is receiving treatment which she should be. After...
    Sobixgirl Sobixgirl 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 16

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    You Are Not Alone, Take My Advice And Just Walk Away.

    My mother is the definition of pure evil. She let me know at an early age that she hated me. She beat me mercilessly for no reason, has knocked teeth out of my mouth when I was 12, refusing to replace it. Denied me basic necessities, that heaven that I have an aunt who has...
    Amnestic Amnestic 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 2010

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    Hi. Thanks for reading this.

    I have recently fallen out with my father. He has difficulty with relationships. as a child he was always ******** off his brother and sister and father. He didn't see his father for years. He hasn't seen his sister and brother for over 20 years even though they live in same...
    miriams13 miriams13 46-50, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    virginialady virginialady 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    My both of my parents are deceased.

    They had a horrible marriage. My father married my mother because she was pretty and my mother married my father because he had a nice job. They had a bitter divorce and the whole kid thing was sorta confusing. They both passed away in the last 18 months ---I knew more...
    robertsnj robertsnj 46-50, M 2 Responses Nov 20, 2014

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    that I am the mum so it is my responsibility

    but I struggle to stay responsible and feel I lack control but I hate being controlled so who am I to control them
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 22

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    I can't handle my sisters sometimes.

    I can't handle family gatherings. I just can't handle this anymore.
    laurenphoenix laurenphoenix 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 4

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    I'm Scared of My Mother

    That sounds lame, maybe, but my mother can be scary. She has extreme mood swings, and even to this day I don't know how to deal with her. She will want to go out for mother daughter time, when maybe the night before she called me full of hate, anger, resentment, etc. I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 19 Responses Jul 19, 2009

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    After my father left

    when I was two, I was raised by the women on my mother's side of the family, namely my mother, grandmother, and aunt. I could say all kinds of things about my experiences growing up with them. I idolized them all. My grandmother was safe and fun, my aunt silly and playful, my...
    DeGustibus DeGustibus 26-30, M 1 Response Jul 23

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    Whoever says they don't have a dysfunctional

    family is just lying to themselves.
    thatgirlkay thatgirlkay 22-25, F 5 Responses Apr 27, 2014

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    I don't know how the **** I'm related to some

    people in my family. Everybody knows how pissed and angry I get when a very sensitive subject is brought up in front of me. For the past 5 years I have asked them and even begged please don't bring it up it just hurts me and really ****** me off and they do it anyways. It's like...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jun 2

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    Family is an interesting concept.

    I think if we say family most people immediately picture a mom and dad, a couple of kids and maybe a pet. Or maybe you think about the fight you had with your sister but you know she is still your best friend. Or you think about how your parents don’t get you and never let you...
    OakleysWorld OakleysWorld 18-21, F 8 Responses Aug 11

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    GlitzandGlamber GlitzandGlamber 18-21, F 10 Responses Jan 4

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    Learning To Accept My Dysfunctional Family

    Everyone wants to have the perfect family. You know, the one where every one loves each other, are happy to be together, and family members gets along well with each other. Holidays are celebrated together, accomplishments are encouraged etc. The fact is, most families are far...
    Amantcul Amantcul 56-60, M 2 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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    These days I find the phrase "I'm just too

    busy" to be offensive. I grew up with a father who overused that phrase. I'm very busy. I don't have time. You would think he was finding the cure for world hunger with his professed lack of time. Now I'm an adult and juggling a career and chores and a social life and...
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 18

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    Found out that my mom has $22,

    000 dollars out of the $150,000 from my dad's insurance since he got hit by a car in the 90s. The little she has she'll use towards her retirement. She admitted to her friend that with his money she bought a new car. I know she also spent his money on gambling, buying clothes for...
    XxLionHeartxX XxLionHeartxX 18-21 3 Responses Jun 26

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    An Isolated Childhood

    Please don't fall asleep, this is the short version. It is a story that I hope explains why you should never hold someone you love to tightly for you may cause permanent irreparable damage. Okay, deep sigh, here is my story. I am the youngest of 3 siblings and thinking about it...
    angelgenie angelgenie 26-30 22 Responses Jun 13, 2008

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    Picture it mixture of the Osbournes,

    The Munsters, The Adams Family, now picture taking them to an Opera! yeah that about sums it up...lmao
    AngeleyesUponU AngeleyesUponU 41-45, F 4 Responses Jun 7

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    My family is not dysfunctional

    as it is weird. I guess i consider my family dysfunctional in the sense that by what society dictates a family should behave and be, well, my family is quite far from that. I guess the root of it all is my parents who despite all are together and have never been ashamed of their...
    Gatikasensual Gatikasensual 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 10, 2014

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    Oh dear where do i start?

    We don't talk to each other not much any way, and the only thing that brings us to gether is TV. We don't look after each other, we don't chat with each other talking but not chatting, My big brothers and i are like complete strangers I have no clue how old they are and I am...
    comlpicatedguy comlpicatedguy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 8

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    Just wanted to thank my parents

    for never signing me up for swim lessons as a child and now I can't take a decent vacation as an adult. Also wanted to thank them for never teaching me how to skate, ski, or snowboard. I can't have fun as an adult now. I've attempted to learn all these things as an adult and...
    rballa rballa 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 17

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    If there's one thing I'm always jealous about

    other people is them having a happy family.
    gwenllian gwenllian 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 20, 2014

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    Normal

    Funny how I view dysfunction as "normal" until I see what a normal life actually is. Sometimes my family reminds me of a bunch of string, tied together tighter then what is comfortable. I'm the stray piece trying to cut myself loose, but alas, a piece of string has no hands...
    RunningBlue RunningBlue 18-21, F 2 Responses May 26, 2011

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    I can't stop wondering about the way my parents

    treats me so unfair . They love my brother more than me even now as an adult they still treat him like a kid ! He's married and have kids and they still make sure that he ate , slept , got enough money and everything is going very well for him . It's not a bad thing I guess...
    Yumiii Yumiii 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 30